West Walkerville Hotel owner not giving up on space after building destroyed by fire

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The owner of the West Walkerville Hotel says the fire that destroyed the building on Friday was a real shock, but he's not giving up on the space even if their immediate plans now have to change.

Fire crews in Windsor were called to the scene of the former Champs bar in the area of Wyandotte Street and Parent Avenue just after 4 a.m. Friday morning.

The building was under renovations for a multi-million dollar boutique hotel and themed restaurant.

Fire Chief Stephen Laforet told AM800 they arrived to find heavy fire and smoke pouring from the second and third floors.

Just last week the plans for the building to be developed into a boutique hotel were announced.

No injuries were reported as a result of the fire, the cause has been listed as undetermined and there's an estimated $1.5 million in damages.